International Theoretical Physics Olympiad for Undergraduate Students 2018

This Olympiad is designed by a group of PhD students and Postdocs for undergraduate students interested in research in theoretical physics. In the zeroth order approximation the purpose of this Olympiad is to play with non-trivial questions and to compete a bit. In the first order approximation the goal is to find people interested in the theoretical science and practice skills required in up-to-date research.

Eligible participants will be undergraduates interested in physics from universities all around the world. Students may have different background so we encourage undergraduates of all years of study to take part. The Olympiad will consist of 6 or 7 problems on different topics of modern theoretical physics and of various difficulty. Problems from last year can be found at our webpage (

Ability to work with sources is an extremely important part of research, so we assume the use of external sources throughout the Olympiad in full similarity with everyday scientific work. We encourage participants to use textbooks and online materials published before the beginning of the contest, however any kind of discussion of problems with anyone who is not in your team is strictly prohibited.

Our 2018 competition will take place on February 3rd. Before the event, participants will need to form teams of at most 5 people and register them online. All members of the team must be undergraduate students at the time of the contest. Registration will open on December 30, 2017 05:00 EST and will close on February 2, 2018 05:00 EST. The competition itself will begin the following day (February 3, 2018 05:00 EST). Teams will have 24 hours to solve the problems and upload their solutions to their individual webpage. Such a format makes it simpler to involve people from different time zones.